First away goal for Kelly
Daniel Kelly’s opener against Derry City on Friday was his first goal for the club away from Oriel Park. He had previously scored for Bohemians at the Brandywell in what would prove to be his final goal for the Gypsies. It and Ferrycarrig Park remain the only grounds he has scored at that haven’t been his home ground having played at both the Carlisle Grounds and Dalymount Park for Bray and Bohs. He now has eight goals for the season having also netted against old side Bohs in Monday’s EA Sports Cup semi-final win. It was his second goal against his former employers career having scored his first senior goal against the Keith Long’s side for Bray in March 2018.
Four goal Hoban
Patrick Hoban’s four goals against Bohemians in last Monday’s EA Sports Cup semi-final was the most goals the striker has scored in a game. The third hat-trick of his career, the 28-year-old is now Dundalk’s seventh highest goalscorer of all-time in all competitions having overtaken Jerry McCourt. His four goals has also taken Hoban’s career total against Bohs to 13 – more than he has scored against any other opponents. He now has 125 career goals. The semi-final was only Hoban’s second EA Sports Cup appearance for the club. He also scored on that occasion in the 2014 final which Dundalk won by beating Shamrock Rovers 3-2 at Oriel Park. There was just shy of 10 minutes between Hoban’s first and third goals for his hat-trick. The fastest League of Ireland hat-trick was also against Bohs when Jimmy O’Connor scored three for Shelbourne in 2 minutes and 13 seconds in November 1967.
Patrick Hoban became just the 18th Dundalk player to score four times in a game with his haul against Bohemians last Monday week. He joins a list that includes Eddie Carroll (4 times), Joe Sayers (twice), Johnny Lavery, Peadar Walsh (twice), Pat Gallacher, Joe Martin, Leo McDonagh, Liam Munroe, Turlough O’Connor, Seamus McDowell, Dessie Gorman, Tony Cousins, Warren Patmore, Tony Loughlan, Robbie Farrell, Richie Towell and Ciaran Kilduff. The latter was the last player to score four in a game for Dundalk during the 6-0 win over Thomastown Utd in the Leinster Senior Cup two years ago. Only two players have managed five goals in a game for Dundalk. Joe Sayers scored five in a 6-3 Shield match at home to Bohs in November 1935. Peadar Walsh scored five in a 6-0 win over Waterford in the City Cup in August 1947 and again in a 7-0 win against the same opposition in the same competition ion September 1948.
Cleary off the mark
Daniel Cleary’s goal against Derry City on Friday was his first of the season but his fifth for the club in total. He had never registered an assist for Dundalk before the start of the week but now has three after following up his cross for Pat Hoban’s second against Bohemians with two against the Candystripes in the FAI Cup.
Landmark week for Mountney
John Mountney came off the bench against Derry City on Friday for the 100th time for Dundalk in his career. It was also his 10th time doing so in the FAI Cup, taking his number of appearances for the club to 275. He had made his 175th start for the club against Bohemians in Monday’s EA Sports Cup semi-final, a game that was also his 20th appearance for the club in the competition. Meanwhile, Jamie McGrath made his 75th start for Dundalk against Derry City on Friday. It was also the 120th start of his career.
Record League Cup defeat for Bohs
Monday’s 6-1 defeat was a record League Cup defeat for Bohs. Their previous heaviest defeat in the competition was a 4-0 loss away to Cork City in the quarter-finals in 1994. The result was just shy of beating the Dundalk’s record League Cup win – a 6-0 victory away to Monaghan Utd in September 1982.